Cem Cako, a native German with Macedonian roots, moved to the USA to study philosophy and art
history at Santa Monica College in Los Angeles.
He then began his training as a menswear tailor and gained experience at the Stuttgart State Opera
and the Burgtheater in Vienna with a focus on men's costume design.
In 2004 Cem Cako joined the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and graduated with an honorary
diploma. His final year collection won several international fashion prizes, including the Best Upcoming
Belgium Designer Award of the Goethe-Institute in Brussels and the Mittelmoda Shirt Avenue Prize for
the best interpretation of a men's shirt.
At this point he caught the attention of talent scouts who sent him to New York at the beginning of his
career. He first worked extensively for Helmut Lang and Tim Hamilton before being appointed artistic
director of Los Angeles based Brand Thrive L.A.
After working as a fashion designer in the industry, Cem Cako returned to Germany where he opened
an atelier for bespoke tailoring to serve international private clients and selected men's boutiques in
Berlin, Tokyo and Los Angeles. He teaches men's tailoring at the Steiner School in Stuttgart and is a
visiting professor for conceptual fashion design and garment making.